Caledonian forest

Cairngorms Connect is a new project in Scotland bringing together land-owning NGOs, public bodies and private landowners to work on nature conservation in one of the biggest schemes of its kind in the UK.

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Paul Glendell

Between them the landowners manage an area of 700 sq km of mountains, forests and rivers.

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Paul Glendell

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Paul Glendell

Twenty years ago Glenfeshie near Aviemore looked very different; no young trees were able to grow because of browsing by red deer.

But Dr David Hetherington of the Cairngorms National Park Authority says that following a change of ownership and management, deer numbers have been brought down through culling to much lower levels that are consistent with tree regeneration.

For the first time in more than 100 years, the area abounds with new growth and many animals are also benefiting from the the landscape being more healthy.

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Regeneration of the Caledonian forest

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Natural seeding from the remaining “granny pines” and birch trees is resulting in regrowth of the forest.

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Paul Glendell

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Paul Glendell

“In 100 years’ time this landscape is going to look very different – it’s going to be a lot more wooded,” says Dr Hetherington. “It is also better for the tourism sector and natural flood management.”

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Paul Glendell

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Paul Glendell

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You can see more of Paul Glendell’s work on his website.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42152572

Behind the scenes

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Mary Evans Picture Library

The screen adaptation of Graham Greene’s coming-of-age thriller Brighton Rock hit the cinemas on 12 December 1947.

In contrast to the dark reality the film portrays, images recently unearthed in the Studio Canal Archive Collection, which is now held by the Mary Evans Picture Library, show lead actors Richard Attenborough and Carol Marsh enjoying all that Brighton has to offer.

The film tells the story of 17-year-old gang leader Pinkie Brown, played by Attenborough, as he tries to cover up the murder of a reporter who he felt was responsible for the death of a gangster called Kite.

As events unfold, Pinkie becomes more sadistic as he is forced into more and more desperate acts to save himself, even murdering again, and marrying his girlfriend Rose Brown, played by Marsh, so she cannot testify against him.

Though the film was a hit with the audience, many reviews of the time felt it was too graphic and ought not to be shown.

Yet, as we can see, Attenborough and Marsh were able to take time out from filming to sample the delights of the British seaside – from ice cream to a dip in the sea.

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There are also pictures of the two of them boating and playing cricket with the film crew.

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Mary Evans Picture Library

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Mary Evans Picture Library

All photographs © Studio Canal Archive Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42308031

Mexico’s caravan of hope

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Every year for the past 13 years, a group of women have travelled 4,000km (2,485 miles) across Mexico searching for their children who went missing while migrating through the country from Central America. Photojournalist Encarni Pindado has spoken to some of the women about their plight and what they aim to achieve with their Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants.

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The caravan brings together mothers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

They cross the border between Guatemala and Mexico on inflatable rafts to symbolise the risks the migrants face when crossing into Mexico.

They then travel together across Mexico in search of their relatives who disappeared.

In the 13 years since the caravan was first organised by the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, 270 missing migrants have been located.

Part of the idea behind the caravan is also to denounce and highlight the issue of disappearances of migrants in transit through Mexico.

Of the 270 missing migrants who have been found, 90% are men. Women are much harder to find, especially when they have been forced into the sex trade. In order to boost their chances of finding those women, the movement has forged links with organisations run by sex workers.

They place pictures of the missing migrants in brothels in the hope someone will recognise their loved ones.

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Clementina Murcia González has been part of the mothers’ caravan for the last five years. Two of her sons went missing: Jorge in 1984 and Mauricio in 2001.

With the help of a a local radio station, Radio Progresso, she recently managed to track down Mauricio and will be reunited with him in the Mexican city of Guadalajara as part of this year’s caravan.

“Sixteen kisses and 16 hugs is all I want from my son,” she says about the impending reunion.

Her search for Jorge continues.

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Edit Gutierrez’s son left Honduras twice.

The first time he was kidnapped by Mexico’s infamous drugs cartel, the Zetas, and witnessed how they killed and burned some of the other migrants he had travelled with.

The army eventually rescued him and deported him back to Honduras.

In August 2012, he left Honduras for the second time, paying a people smuggler $3,000 (£2,250) to reach Reynosa, in the north of Mexico.

There he lost all communication with his family.

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Isidora de Jesus Zuniga Colindres from Honduras is searching for her son Josue Ildefonso Molinas Zuniga.

Josue last called from the US-Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo on 15 December, 2013.

He was headed to New York to join his father, who had received temporary protected status in the US years earlier, while his mother stayed behind in Honduras.

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María Clementina Vásquez Hernández is from Honduras. She is looking for her daughter María Ines who emigrated in 2002, leaving behind her infant son.

María Clementina has been raising her grandson in María Ines’s absence.

“I’m not even sure what her face looks like now,” she says about her daughter.

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María Elena Larios has been looking for her son Heriberto, who disappeared on 6 March, 2010.

He left La Libertad in El Salvador, to find work in the United States, but as far as María Elena knows, he never made it.

In the southern Mexican town of Huixtla people tell her to look for her son at a Christian CD stand along the train tracks.

But when she arrives, she finds a slender young man from Honduras who resembles the photograph she carries of her Heriberto but who is not her son.

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Pilar Escobar Medina from Honduras is searching for her daughter Olga, with whom she has had only very intermittent contact.

One day in September 2009, Olga did not return to her home in Honduras.

Fifteen days later she called her mother from the city of Tapachula on the Guatemala-Mexico border, saying she had “ended up there”.

Ms Escobar did not hear from her again until earlier this year, when they planned a reunion. But in the months before they were due to meet, Olga’s phone line went dead.

“Before migrants died of thirst, or were bitten by a snake while crossing the desert. Today they die at the hands of organised crime, and our girls, are raped by [people linked to] organised crime” says Rosa Nelly Santos, who heads a committee for disappeared migrants in Honduras.

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Mercedes Lemus (left) is searching for her daughter Ana Victoria, who went disappeared on 16 April, 2010.

Last year, a woman in Huixtla told her that she had seen her daughter in a local bar.

Neighbours confirmed that the picture of Ana Victoria resembled a woman they had seen around town with the bar’s owner.

But when Mercedes asked for permission to enter the bar, the bouncer warned her that if she went in, she would not come out alive.

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Along the way, the caravan meets local communities. In La Ceiba, a cultural and educational centre working with indigenous communities in Chiapas, the mothers are invited to a Mayan ceremony, a pre-hispanic ritual to connect with ancestors.

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All photographs by Encarni Pindado.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-42357009

Week in pictures: 9-15 December 2017

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

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To celebrate Christmas Jumper Day, waxworks of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wear one Brexit-themed Christmas sweater between them at Madame Tussauds in London.

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Satish Kumar/ Reuters

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A camel is brought in for foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE. The hospital opened in 1990 and is equipped with X-ray and ultrasound equipment, as well as operating tables.

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Actors dressed as stormtroopers arrive for the European film premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London.

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Mourners leave the Grenfell Tower national memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. The multi-faith ceremony was held to mark the six-month anniversary of the tower block fire that killed 71 people.

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An elderly woman is carried in a blanket after casting her vote at a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, India.

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A person dressed as Father Christmas swims among the sharks and stingrays at an aquarium in Melbourne, Australia.

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Rogelio gives Miriam her wedding ring as they get married through the border wall between Mexico and the United States. On International Human Rights Day, families separated by the border are reunited for three minutes through the fence that separates Ciudad Juarez Park in Mexico and Sunland Park in New Mexico, United States.

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Parts of Britain woke up to a blanket of snow over the weekend, as seen here in the Shropshire village of Ironbridge.

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Chinese people attend a memorial ceremony commemorating Nanjing massacre victims in Jiangsu province. 13 December was the 80th anniversary of the massacre by Japanese troops where China says more than 300,000 of its people were killed.

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Thomas Dressen from Germany competes for the Alpine World Cup in Val Gardena in the Italian Alps.

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Maru, a two-month-old king penguin chick, looks at an adult penguin at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. Maru is the first successful hatching at the park in almost a decade.

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MSP Kezia Dugdale sits in the main chamber of Scottish Parliament after returning from Australia where she appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Although she received a warning for her appearance, she escaped suspension by party bosses.

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42366121

Strange but true

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42358320

The Caledonian Forest

Cairngorms Connect is a new project in Scotland bringing together land-owning NGOs, public bodies and private landowners to work on nature conservation in one of the biggest schemes of its kind in the UK.

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Paul Glendell

Between them the landowners manage an area of 700 sq km of mountains, forests and rivers.

Image copyright
Paul Glendell

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Paul Glendell

Twenty years ago Glenfeshie near Aviemore looked very different; no young trees were able to grow because of browsing by red deer.

But Dr David Hetherington of the Cairngorms National Park Authority says that following a change of ownership and management, deer numbers have been brought down through culling to much lower levels that are consistent with tree regeneration.

For the first time in more than 100 years, the area abounds with new growth and many animals are also benefiting from the the landscape being more healthy.

Interactive

Regeneration of the Caledonian forest

Glenfeshie 2017

Glenfeshie 1997


Image copyright
Paul Glendell

Natural seeding from the remaining “granny pines” and birch trees is resulting in regrowth of the forest.

Image copyright
Paul Glendell

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Paul Glendell

“In 100 years’ time this landscape is going to look very different – it’s going to be a lot more wooded,” says Dr Hetherington. “It is also better for the tourism sector and natural flood management.”

Image copyright
Paul Glendell

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Paul Glendell

All photos copyright Paul Glendell

You can see more of Paul Glendell’s work on his website.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42152572

Behind the scenes of Brighton Rock

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Mary Evans Picture Library

The screen adaptation of Graham Greene’s coming-of-age thriller Brighton Rock hit the cinemas on 12 December 1947.

In contrast to the dark reality the film portrays, images recently unearthed in the Studio Canal Archive Collection, which is now held by the Mary Evans Picture Library, show lead actors Richard Attenborough and Carol Marsh enjoying all that Brighton has to offer.

The film tells the story of 17-year-old gang leader Pinkie Brown, played by Attenborough, as he tries to cover up the murder of a reporter who he felt was responsible for the death of a gangster called Kite.

As events unfold, Pinkie becomes more sadistic as he is forced into more and more desperate acts to save himself, even murdering again, and marrying his girlfriend Rose Brown, played by Marsh, so she cannot testify against him.

Though the film was a hit with the audience, many reviews of the time felt it was too graphic and ought not to be shown.

Yet, as we can see, Attenborough and Marsh were able to take time out from filming to sample the delights of the British seaside – from ice cream to a dip in the sea.

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Mary Evans Picture Library

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Mary Evans Picture Library

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Mary Evans Picture Library

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Mary Evans Picture Library

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Mary Evans Picture Library

There are also pictures of the two of them boating and playing cricket with the film crew.

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Mary Evans Picture Library

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Mary Evans Picture Library

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Mary Evans Picture Library

All photographs © Studio Canal Archive Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42308031

In pictures: The Art of Building 2017

Twelve finalists have been chosen from this year’s Art of Building architectural photography competition. From abstract details to abandoned buildings, here are the chosen images.

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MEHMET YASA

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Mehmet Yasa’s photograph is called “the eye of the tower” due to his ingenious positioning of the staircase and bell in this tower in Verona, Italy.

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Hanqing Qu

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Hanqing Qu’s image was taken at Malaysia’s National Mosque. “When the sunlight sprinkles into this building, light and shade meet each other in a dreamlike scene,” he says. “It reminds me of the film called Inception.”

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Hans Wichmann

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Taken at the Cultural Centre in Aviles, northern Spain, Hans Wichmann documents a young cyclist. He calls the museum “a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site by architect Oscar Niemeyer, a place for large and small people”.

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FRANCIS MESLET

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Francis Meslet chose to look upwards in this picture, taken in a French memorial marking the centenary of World War One.

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Linda van Slobbe

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“This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape, with the stage on one end and multiple floors and balconies all around the rest,” says photographer Linda van Slobbe about this theatre in Bar-le-Duc, France. “This one has beautiful decorations.”

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Robert Cassway

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This image by Robert Cassway is part of a larger series called “The Vanishing West” about Fresno, Montana, USA. “This photo shows the ravages of time and weather on a building that was left to decay by benign neglect, after the families that lived in Fresno moved away,” he says.

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Andrean Hadhianto Kwee

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The St Andrew’s Cathedral Tower is a neo-Gothic building built in mid-19th Century Singapore. Andrean Hadhianto Kwee says it stands “majestically in its surroundings, where it has still preserved its originality”.

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Petr Starov

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Cemetery of the 21st Century is the title of Petr Starov’s image shot in Ryazan, Russia. The photo captures the suspended construction of a shopping centre.

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Guo Ji Hua

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Guo Ji Hua’s image of these roads in Guangdong, China, is titled Cross Bridge Waltz and was shot using a drone. “The intersection of this work has an abstract line of beauty,” he says.

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Dmytro Levchuk

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Another photographer, Dmytro Levchuk, also chose to look upwards in this representation of bold colours and form in Dubai.

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Hossein Younesi

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Hossein Younesi captures the experimental architectural forms of this modern residential building in Iran.

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Gautam Kamat Bambolkar

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“Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like, frightful pattern,” says Gautam Kamat Bambolkar. “They ran from the edge of the entrance to an infinite end. It looked nothing less than a scary man-made cave.”

The Art of Building is run by the Chartered Institute of Building.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42227931

Week in pictures: 2-8 December 2017

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

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Roshid Jan cries for her missing husband as her son touches her face. Having fled her home in Myanmar after soldiers burned their village, she is one of more than 230 people living at a camp for Rohingya widows and orphans near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This week Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights chief, said an act of genocide against Rohingya Muslims by state forces in Myanmar cannot be ruled out.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets Nigerian High Commissioner George Adesola Oguntade and his wife as he presents his Letter of Credence during an audience at Buckingham Palace.

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Caren Firouz / Reuters

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Members of the anti-narcotics force pose for a picture as illegal drugs are burned during a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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A model prepares backstage before showcasing a creation by Enjimaasai Fashion during the 10th Swahili Fashion Week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Mike Blake / Reuters

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Nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated from their homes in California as firefighters battled several raging wildfires.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan crosses at the Wagah border crossing from India into Pakistan. The mayor is on a week-long visit to the region to promote London, and to strengthen commercial and cultural ties with both Indian and Pakistani cities.

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Violence has flared between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting at Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Clashes took place in the occupied West Bank.

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Danny Lawson / PA

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The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire. The phenomenon occurs when the Moon is at its closest point to the Earth.

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time – and the second year in a row. The award is voted for by 173 journalists from around the globe and awarded to the world’s best footballer.

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People dressed as Santa Claus enjoy the snow during Saint Nicholas Day at the Alpine ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland.

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42282202

Britain on the verge: Life along the A1

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Winding across the United Kingdom, the A1 is the longest numbered road in Britain, providing a route between the capitals of England and Scotland.

Embarking on a visual road trip, Peter Dench photographed the characters and locations he encountered as he drove the length of this road. This project was intended as an homage to Paul Graham who undertook a similar photographic expedition in 1981.

Despite the nature of the task, Dench admits, “I don’t like driving cars; I don’t like the smell of cars, the sound of cars, the process of refuelling cars or even talking about cars, but I do like taking journeys.”

Regardless of his misgivings, he hit the asphalt with the specific aim of exploring the idea of British identity in the age of Brexit.

Dench wanted to meet the real people of the UK and says, “The A1 was to be my tendril to them, an artery that connects as much as it divides. It would provide a route of certainty in a time of tumult, through a nation on the verge.”

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The A1 begins near St Paul’s in the City of London, passing the concrete blocks of the Barbican Complex. Dench captures the city workers texting in their slick suits, as others make their way through the busy city.

Further north in Holloway, he photographs young Muslims removing their shoes as they prepare to enter a mosque.

The Holloway Mosque can hold around 300 worshippers and is headed by Imam Shafiullah Patel, who advises the community to exercise their right to vote.

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At another point on the Holloway road, Dench met Mark, a 32-year-old fruit and vegetable seller from Essex.

Mark believes that his business has suffered because of price rises in transportation and import costs as a result of Brexit.

Despite this, he remains optimistic that the business will survive until things “settle down”.

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At the Baldock Extra Motorway Services, Dench encounters Challis and her boyfriend Arnold, both dressed in camouflage tracksuits, socks and open-toe pool shoes. They are making their way north to visit family in Great Yarmouth.

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Further north he meets Matthew, the proprietor of the Rockery Centre in Bedfordshire which lies on the A1.

He is more positive about the state of business. On sale for £6,000 is a selection of animal sculptures, specially imported from Kenya. “You’ve got to do something different,” he explains. “It’s the only way to survive.”

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Babs sits under the menu board in the BABS cafe by the side of the road in Blyth, Nottinghamshire.

Alongside her husband Pendleton, she has worked in this roadside cabin for 27 “long” years.

Just over a mile up the road, visitors to Flo’s cafe can read complimentary copies of the Truckstop News while a cardboard cut-out of the Queen watches over.

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Not far from the A1 in West Yorkshire Norman lives in a retirement home for the over-40s. The park was originally aimed at the over-50s but, due to poor business, the proprietor painted the sign down by a decade.

One of six siblings, Norman recently lost a brother to bowel cancer, the same disease that cut short his father’s life at 37. It’s a disease that Norman has survived.

He attributes his own illness to habitually eating bad food at unconventional times, having worked on the railways from the age of 15.

Originally a left-leaning voter, he has been influenced over the years to vote Conservative by his wife. They are both keen to move house but are having difficulty selling up, due to the location.

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The Angel of The North, a large public sculpture by Anthony Gormley, welcomes visitors driving into Gateshead.

Around 33 million people a year see what is believed to be the largest sculpture of an angel in the world.

One visitor takes a detour off the A1 in order to take a selfie with his daughter.

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Dench captures a French couple, who have come via ferry to Hull, documenting their passing into Scotland.

On reaching Edinburgh, he encountered another group who have recently arrived in the UK: a family on holiday from India. They wait at the northern end of the A1, at the junction of North Bridge and Princes Street.

Looking back on his experience, Dench feels conflicted. “Driving the length of the A1, Britain doesn’t seem full,” he says. “At times it feels lonely. This is Britain on the verge.”

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All photographs copyright Peter Dench.

A1: Britain on the Verge will be on show at Project Space, Bermondsey Street, London 16-20 January 2018.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-42151512